Whizkid nabbed for song piracy
HONG KONG customs officials have arrested a 14-year-old computer whizkid for distributing copyrighted pop songs on the Internet for free. The boy, the youngest person arrested by Hong Kong customs for Internet piracy, had allegedly set up a Web site and illegally created his own server. He then set up links between his site and other networks that enabled surfers to download music free of charge, the customs department said The site, which had attracted 40,000 page views since its launch two months ago, offered users some 300 pop songs, many of them by well-known Cantonese pop stars, the department said. The site has now been shut down and the boy has been released on bail pending advice from the justice department. If found criminally liable, the boy faces fine of $6,400 for each case of copyright infringement and a maximum four-year jail sentence.
Question paper leaked
Thousands of German
students studying for diplomas in information technology have been
forced to resit an examination — after the questions were leaked in
advance on the Internet. "Of course we are annoyed," Juergen
Mund, a training officer for one of the regional chambers of commerce
who ran the exams, said. So far, investigations have turned up no
trace of who put the questions on an anonymous homepage the day before
the exam, and it was not clear if it had been the result of a
particularly-gifted IT student hacking into the exam board’s system.
The exam board is launching legal proceedings. The students will have
to repeat the exam on June 6, cutting into their summer vacation.
French police out to smash a paedophile ring exchanging child pornography over the Internet raided 66 homes around the country and detained dozens of suspects, a police spokesman said. "About 15 persons have been seriously implicated after paedophile diskettes and CD-ROMs were found at their homes," a police spokesperson said as the raids were still going on. About 220 cops were involved in the raids, which took place in 26 departments in France and the overseas department of Reunion Island.
Iran officials want cafes regulated
Iranian telecommunication officials
have called for regulations on Internet cafes and hundreds of such
cybershops were said to have been closed as part of an official
clampdown, newspapers said last week. The officials told newspapers that
the move was aimed at ending the large losses the cafes were inflicting
on the monopoly Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) by offering
cheap long-distance calls via the Internet. But they denied allegations
that the TCI was behind a crackdown in which police were said to have
shut down hundreds of Internet cafes. Reports over the number of the
closed cyber cafes were conflicting. Some newspapers and cafe owners
said police had closed more than 400 Internet cafes in the capital
Tehran, demanding that the owners obtain licences to stay in business. —